Community Growing

News: Green Space Research Confirms Positive Effect

Living in urban areas with more green spaces - including community-run sites such as gardens farms and orchards - can significantly improve mental health and well-being for local residents, according to a new study from the University of Exeter.

Data drawn from 10,000 people over 18 years showed that they showed significantly lower mental distress and significantly higher wellbeing during the times they were living in areas with access to local green spaces.

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Useful Document: Somerset Land & Food Project Report

The Somerset Land & Food Project has been a three year access to land project, launched in 2009 and funded by the Big Lottery Local Food Programme. It was managed by Somerset Community Food, a grassroots charity founded in 2004, which aims to re-connect people with the social, health and environmental effects of growing, buying, preparing and eating local food. 

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CLAS Advisory: Community Lettings Questionnaire

The aim of this document is to aid communication between a community group and landowner, regarding a proposed project on a piece of land. By completing the questionnaire the community group will address a number of important issues that will be key to the project’s success. The landowner will be reassured of what form the project will take. It could be seen as part of a business or action plan for the project and may also help with funding bids. Download the document using the link below:

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Finding Land: Site Features Checklist

Before you can decide whether a site or land agreement is suitable for your group, you need to plan what you will use the land for, both now and in the future. This checklist will help you prepare for your land search and for the agreement with the land owner. Tell the landowner what you expect to build and what you think your requirements will be. Make sure essential items are permitted in the lease.

Site Features Checklist

 

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Finding Land: FCFCG

FCFCG Starter Pack

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has a comprehensive Starter Pack which covers the often complex issues that can arise when setting up or developing a community garden. This is essential reading for anyone setting up a new community garden or related growing space. Chapter three of the pack has some tips and helpful advice on identifying a suitable site.

Please note, the pack will be updated in 2014 to a Community Growing Resource Pack, which will have separate editions for England, Scotland and Wales.

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Starting A Community Growing Project

www.farmgarden.org.uk

If you are a newly formed local community group wanting advice on how to go about creating and running a community growing project, such as a city farm, community garden, community orchard or other related project, then a good place to start is the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG).

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FAQs: Groups Already On A Site

The following FAQ documents are aimed at groups who are already established on a site and who may be planning to develop that site or find new sites to expand their work. The FAQs will help with information and advice on issues including leases, planning restrictions, costs involved and negotiation.

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FAQs: Groups Seeking Land

This series of FAQ document contain advice for new or prospective community groups about finding, securing and sustaining land for formal and informal amenity open space, gardening and food growing. The FAQs are split into five separate documents for ease of reference, each one covering an important topic for community growing groups seeking land.

Please note that due to differences in regulations and law, there may be a choice of versions available depending on which country you need. Just click on the links to download the documents.

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